by: Steven Robinson
Bethel Baptist Church
1919 North 1000 East Road
Saturday, May 16th: Church Work Day at 9:00 A.M.
Monday, May 19th: Ladies Night Out Zoom Meeting at 6:30 P.M.
BULLETIN PRAYER LIST
Below is a list of the people we had on our bulletin prayer list back in early March. We have attempted to get an update on these people. There are some notes listed here:
Jody Bates - Was put on a new chemo medicine and has not been doing very well.
Shelly Beaty Pressure in her eye has elevated.
Judy Caulk (Sandy’s sister) Is doing better. Can be taken off this list.
Phoebe Clark Is doing better. Can be taken off this list.
Jim Daugherty, Sr. His leg infection has returned. He is back in the hospital.
Mary Daugherty Can be taken off this list.
Ella (Galen's sister) – Has cancer, but is doing well at the moment.
Frank Farr Recovering from his injury.
Marsha Farr Has decided she has to live with her situation (new normal.)
Virginia Funderburk – Has little use of her right arm after having shingles.
Sue Keenan (Beth’s Mom) She is o.k., but Beth still has concerns.
Marrinan's House Selling Still a concern.
Tom Mills (Sandy’s brother) Is doing better. Can be taken off this list.
Tabitha Oller's cousin
Pete & Becky Peters See report in Family Updates.
NEW PRAYER CONCERNS
Angie’s student, 18-year-old Colby Rheude from Virden, was killed on Wednesday in an accident involving his truck and a semi truck. Please pray for his family, classmates, friends, and teachers.
Gordon Perry was in the hospital last week with pneumonia and an infection, but he is home now. He really liked the new hospital in Taylorville!
Pastor Ted has asked for prayer for his brother, Fred, who has some serious medical issues including a possible surgery and complications with his meds. He lives in Denver where his daughter is.
Mary Daugherty’s Aunt Laura passed away this week from Coronavirus. She was 97 years old and lived at the Villas in Sherman.
Pastor Ted & Jayna are traveling back from Texas. They should be back in Edinburg by Saturday night.
Prayer is requested for the family of Julie Hamm who passed away this week. She was Darlene’s niece and Gary Mills’ cousin.
Deb reports that our Lake Springfield Baptist Camp is suffering right now with all that is going on. A shortened camp season will result in a large lass of income, and the spring fundraiser had to be cancelled.
Peters, Pete & Becky
From Deb LeVault: Please keep my parents on the prayer list. Being confined at home is especially difficult for them. Dad wants to have cataract surgery and it keeps getting postponed, wellness visits have been postponed, mom’s escapes canceled (book club, church, retired teachers’ group, etc.) Please pray for God’s peace in their home.
I’ve come a long way since my surgery, but I still have a long way to go. I’ve started doing a little therapy on my own to try to get rotation back into my shoulder. I am to see the surgeon on Tuesday to see if and when I can start physical therapy. I’m hoping to be back to normal by the end of May. Hopefully,
we’ll be back in church by the beginning of June, if not sooner. I appreciate the prayers for me, and, hopefully, this will be the last surgery and medical incident of any kind for a while!
From Steve Reed: Wanted to jot a quick Thank You to all as Dad called and said he had a "Jackpot Day.” Said he got a lot of mail from Bethel’s congregation, crosswords, and books I'd dropped by their front door. The bonus was the package of cookies MB sent over. He really enjoyed the magazine Ron included and was reading me parts of it. You may be getting him in trouble, though, as he told me about a lady, Retired Lt. from USN in the article, and he's writing her a love letter! Warren and Rhonda call him often, or he calls Warren to chat. He does enjoy mail from Christian County, and I’m glad he's at least attempting to answer back.
Michigan is still under the Stay at Home order for 2 more weeks and emergency order by our Governor until late May, similar to Illinois. Senior Living is locked down except medical staff so who knows when it'll open up to family and visitors.
Hi everyone! Hope everyone is well. I’m doing okay. Just trying to stay busy during this crazy time. Teaching from home is a big change. Definitely learned some new technology on the fly. Just blessed to have a normal paycheck during this time. I don’t know how I’m ever going to work on a real schedule again! I’ve gotten used to staying up late and getting up a little later. My dog is so happy I’m home! He’s even more spoiled. I’ve been taking him for long walks and car rides every day.
I’ve been trying to stay close to God by watching church services online and reading my devotional. Looking forward to being able to be back at Bethel with everyone.
From Mindy: Ike really enjoys receiving the newsletters. He really misses church, and it helps him to stay connected. Ike is having back pain again, and he is seeing his doctor next week to determine a plan of action. He really appreciates the mail that he gets so please keep it coming!
I have 6 children: Kim (Bob) Brown lives in Stonington. Cindy (Mick) Brown lives in Langleyville. Tony (Rene) Collebrusco lives in Taylorville. Kent (Kim) Collebrusco lives in Langleyville. Jill (Art) Bohlen lives in rural Taylorville. Becky (Travis) Norris lives in rural Taylorville. I have nine grandchildren plus greats and great-greats. All my family usually gathers at my house for holidays so it can get very noisy and crowded at times!
When my kids were young and in school, I was very busy with them. When they were older, I was pretty active with things at the Community Center, also.
The Bowers Family
Tammy is still working, and Dave is working part of the time. Tammy said they are all doing o.k. Emma has more school work than Davey, but they are doing o.k. with their online learning.
A BIG shout out and Thank You to Nancy Andrews
for faithfully calling on some of our congregation
to check on them and give me reports for our newsletter.
You’re the best, Nancy!!
Tadd Megginson asked his Mom if he could be held back and repeat 2nd grade next year. Aubrie said, "Why would you want to do that?" Tadd told her it was because he loved his second grade teacher, and he had gotten cheated out of being with her at the end of the year. He thought he would just repeat the year so he couldmake up for lost time.
How sweet is that??!
A Prayer for Our Nation
on the National Day of Prayer(By Debbie McDaniel)
“Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name." Daniel 9:19
In 1952 President Harry Truman signed a bill into law, making the National Day of Prayer for America an annual event on the first Thursday of May, encouraging millions across our nation to unite together to pray.
We've come a long way since that day. And now, maybe more than ever, our nation needs our continued prayers for God’s healing, help, and peace.
Yet, sometimes it's hard to know where to begin or how to pray. We just know we have a deep ache in our hearts that cries out for God's mercy, and a longing to see him heal our land. And maybe other times we wonder how effective our prayers even are.
But no matter how we feel, we can be confident that God is faithful. He is aware and His Spirit is at work, over all that swirls around us in our nation today. That same power that broke prison chains, raised Lazarus from the dead, and parted the Red Sea. That same power that healed the blind man and delivered the delirious from
demons. That same power is at work still today. He is the same. Yesterday, today, and forever.
May we stand together as believers and pray for God to heal our land, and strengthen His people. May we pray for all those in authority. May we pray for God’s miraculous intervening, for blind eyes to be opened, for many to see the power of our Lord as never before.
We are never left to fend for ourselves, wrestling in worry, consumed with fear, or driven towards hate. He reminds us that He is with us, He will help us, and He hasn't lost control, but He has a plan. And His purposes will prevail.
We can be assured, that He hears our prayers, and He knows our needs. There's great power in uniting together, turning our hearts towards God, and praying on behalf of America, our nation.
At this important time in our nation’s history, we can do nothing more important than pray.
Remembering today this powerful truth upon which this nation was founded: We are "One Nation Under God." He is where our real hope is found, not in our leaders, not in our economy, not in the condition of our nation today, or any other day. ".....my hope comes from Him." Ps. 62:5
I’m having computer problems. Please pray! If you do not hear from me in a while, you will know what happened!! Annette